Practice Profile

Equine Planning Solutions are a professional team of chartered architects, planning consultants and surveyors based in Lancashire. We specialize in designing and obtaining planning approval for equine related projects throughout the UK.

We work for a wide range of clients from private individuals who require modest scale outdoor arenas and stable facilities to commercial racing yards and some of the UK’s largest racecourses.

Our multi-discipline approach means that we can offer our clients a cost effective and convenient ‘one stop shop’ when it comes to designing and ultimately realizing their projects.

We have an enviable reputation when it comes to obtaining planning approval for our clients who include Jockey Club Estates, Bolesworth Estate, Farley Hall Estate, DML Racing, Kubler Racing and Andrews Bowen to name but a few.


“When we bought an old cottage with land in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, our main concern was obtaining planning permission for an outdoor arena. Equine Planning Solutions were recommended to us by the company we’d chosen to construct the arena and we are so glad we approached them to take care of dealing with the application.

They were clearly very experienced in applications similar to ours and the whole process went very smoothly. They were professional and efficient, and our planning application was approved at the first submission.

Equine Planning Solutions made the whole process easy for us and we would unreservedly recommend them for any similar projects.

Geraldine Button / Malton, North Yorkshire

“Equine Planning Solutions helped us to convert our random ideas and aspirations into a cohesive plan for the future. The Cartmel Master-plan has evolved into a document which is helping us to discuss options with the local planning department and which should eventually lead to a full-blown planning application.

Equine Planning Solutions experience and technical expertise has been invaluable in developing our plans, while the excellent presentation of the work (plans and drawings) which has aided discussion with all parties.

Jonathan Garratt / General Manager, Cartmel Racecourse

“Working to a tight timescale Equine Planning Solutions have been able to deliver a design that has overcome the considerable constraints of a challenging location from a planning perspective. Developing a rundown farmyard in a Conservation Area into a quality modern racing yard in the middle of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty was always going to be a challenge and we are delighted with the plans for the first phase, and looking forward to working with them on second phase of our exciting development. They have responded to any requests for changes or updated plans from the council very effectively and efficiently.

Daniel Kubler / Kubler Racing

“Equine planning solutions provided us with an excellent level of service and support in our application for a ménage for our equestrian project at Caring for Life. Their service was friendly and helpful but most of all extremely efficient. We found them extremely easy to contact (not always possible with people in the equestrian field) always respond to enquiries and calls, and brilliant at keeping us informed of progress with applications to planning.

We would recommend their services without any hesitation whatsoever as being totally professional and attaining the highest levels of efficiency helpfulness and relevance especially when planning consent is needed urgently or within time constraints.

Peter Parkinson / Co-Founder Caring for Life Leeds Yorkshire

“Equine Planning Solutions came to site and met us at our convenience before happily going through any questions we had with great knowledge.

Equine Planning then very swiftly produced a well considered and very professional document with cost guidelines which will greatly aid our future expansion and capital expenditure plans. It has allowed us to get a real foothold on how we can grow as a business.”

Dan Thompson / General Manager,Exeter Racecourse

“Having purchased a property with some basic stables and menage, we needed to upgrade the premises to run a business with the aim of producing quality show jumpers. We used Equine Planning Solutions to advise on this development, and to manage the interactions with the Local Authority.

We are now in possession of a facility which is efficient and fit for purpose; and EPS helped considerably in helping this happen. Their advice was practical in terms of understanding the horse and business requirements, and knowledgeable in respect of how the Planning Authority would view our venture. In addition, they were approachable and it was easy to discuss the nuances of the plans as they developed at each stage of the process. All-in-all, a lot less stressful than some other planning applications I have been involved in!”

Tony Buxton / Strides Equestrian

“Equine Planning Solutions has worked together with the Jockey Club Estates on various projects, including developing proposals for a new quarantine facility, landscape improvements to Hamilton Road and concept proposals for incubator training yards. We have found Equine Planning Solutions team to be both professional and approachable and their work to be in line with the high standards expected by Jockey Club Estates.

Nick Patton / Assistant Managing Director, Jockey Club Estates

“The service provided by Richard and his team at Equine Planning Solutions was first class. With a single site visit and a minimum of email correspondence, the weight of the planning process was lifted from my shoulders. Despite a negative response to the pre-application enquiry, Equine Planning Solutions obtained approval for my outdoor arena (when I would have given up!) and I am certain that their expert knowledge of equine planning applications was central to the positive outcome. Brilliant!

Melanie Lewis / Perth

“Following a recommendation from a colleague, I contacted Equine Planning Solutions to look at some concepts we were considering at Warwick Racecourse. Equine Planning Solutions were not just extremely communicative and timely in responses but delivered a set of drawings that exceeded our expectations. We are not necessarily the easiest client to please, but the EPS team were very patient working with us, as we mastered exactly what we needed to see on paper. I would have no hesitation recommending them for any architectural design or planning consultancy work you need.

Andre Klein / General Manager Warwick Racecourse


Equine Planning Solutions are based in Preston, Lancashire with our main office located at number 24 Winckley Square in the legal and professional quarter of Preston City Centre. Our offices are open from Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5pm.

Whilst we are based in the North West our work is UK wide with many projects based in the areas of Newmarket, Epsom and Lambourn.

In advance of visiting most sites we undertake a free planning constraints health check following which we are able to advise on the likelihood of achieving planning permission for your proposals. If you would like the benefit of our expertise regardless of your location, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.